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Name: Knight on Ice (Ginban Kishi)
Mangaka: Yayoi Ogawa

Volumes: 11 (Complete)
LicensedKodansha
Releases: V.01 (Ongoing)
Type: Manga
Genre: Josei, Sport, Slice of Life
Age Group: Older Teen

Summary:  Chitose is a serious young woman, working for the health magazine SASSO. Or at least, she would be, if she wasn’t constantly getting distracted by her childhood friend, international figure skating star Kokoro Kijinami! In the public eye and on the ice, Kokoro is a gallant, flawless knight, but behind his glittery costumes and breathtaking spins lies a secret: he’s actually a hopeless romantic otaku, who can only land his quad jumps when Chitose is on hand to recite a spell from his favorite magical girl anime!

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Graphics Rating: 5/5
Plot Rating: 3/5

Opinion: When I found out Kodansha was licensing and releasing a new Ogawa series I was STOKED. Kimi wa Petto is one of my all time favourite 5/5 series, so I couldn’t wait to read this.

I’ve only read the first volume so my review may change as we go along. The one thing that will stay the same is the graphics rating. I LOVE Ogawas unique style. Crisp lines and minimalism the art is perfect.

The characters are a bit odd. It really is kinda weird seeing an adult heroine who really does look like a child. The skater is really cute and sweet. The pacing seems weird but I’m still enjoying it.

Look forward to seeing more from this series!

Final Rating: 3/5

Extra: From the author of Kimi wa Petto and I think there is a drama as well.

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Name: Our Fake Marriage (Usokon)
Mangaka: Tokina Kiwi

Volumes: 2 (Ongoing)
Licensed: Kodansha Comics
Licensed Volumes: V.03 (Ongoing)
Type: Manga
Genre: Drama
Age Group: Mature

Summary
An ordinary girl, Yae, loses her home and job at age 29 and has nowhere to turn. But when she runs into a childhood friend, Takumi, he “proposes” she live with him in a high-rise condominium in the city, acting as his fake spouse … A tale of deceit … involving a handsome architect!

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Graphics Rating: 3/5
Plot Rating: 3/5

Name: The Walls Between Us (Watashi-tachi ni wa Kabe ga Aru)
Mangaka: Tsukishima, Haru

Volumes: 7 (Complete)
LicensedKodansha
Licensed Volumes: V.05 (Ongoing)
Type: Manga
Genre: Comedy
Age Group: Teen

Summary
Makoto is suddenly confessed to by her narcissistic childhood friend Kikuchi Reita. Not even just any confession, he stands in the street and publicly says «If you want a boyfriend that badly, I don’t mind going out with you.» Which was obviously a no, since Makoto has never considered Reita to be a man, especially a man of interest. What will become of her daily life now that Reita insists on her going out with him?

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Name: A Springtime with Ninjas
MangakaHasegaki, Narumi

Volumes: 4 (Complete)
LicensedKodansha
Licensed Volumes: V.04 (Complete)
Type: Manga
Genre: Fantasy/Drama
Age Group: Everyone

Summary:  
Kasugami Benio is the sheltered daughter of the richest family in Japan. According to her family tradition, the first man she kisses will be the one she marries. Now that she’s old enough to gain some freedom, Kageshita Tamaki, a handsome playboy is assigned to be her bodyguard… Master x Servant love story starts here!

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Name: Hatsu Haru
Mangaka: Fujisawa, Suzuki

Volumes: 13 (Complete)
Licensed: Yen Press
Licensed Volumes: V.03
Type: Manga
Genre: Drama/Comedy
Age Group: Everyone

Summary:  
Too far, it’s hard to be seen. Too close, it’s also hard to be seen. It hurts and makes you feel like crying. Too sad, until it makes you laugh. That’s right, this is what you call first love…the most popular guy in school falls in love for the first time in his life!

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Name: Perfect World
MangakaAruga Rie

Volumes: 8 (Ongoing)
Licensed: Kodansha
Current Licensed Volumes: Ch.07
Type: Manga
Genre: Slice of Life
Age Group: Older Teen

Summary:  
Kawana Tsugumi works for an interior design company. She goes to a drinking party at a client’s architectural office and happens to meet her first love, Ayukawa Itsuki. He’s more handsome than ever and it isn’t until he’s leaving that she realizes something has changed: Ayukawa is in a wheelchair.

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Name: Can I Kiss you Everyday?
Mangaka: Hatsuharu

Volumes: 4 (Complete)
LicensedKodansha
Current Licensed Volumes: V.04 (Complete)
Type: Manga
Genre: Slice of Life
Age Group: Teen

Summary
Kurumi lives under one roof with her father and her overprotective brother, Ataka. One day, she reunites with Nagio, her childhood friend. Now a young man, Nagio doesn’t hesitate making advances—much to Kurumi’s dismay—kissing her out of nowhere and telling her how he has always liked her, in the process totally wrapping her around his finger. And while Kurumi is put off at first, she eventually finds herself head-over-heels for Nagio … This childhood-friend romance starring a black-hearted-yet-loving (?) boy is filled with sweet and passionate kisses!

Name: Mikami Sensei’s way of Love (Mikami-sensei no Aishikata)
Mangaka: Aikawa, Hiro

Volumes: 6 (ongoing)
Licensed: Kodansha
Current Licensed Volumes: V.03
Type: Manga
Genre: Comedy, Smut
Age Group: Older Teen


Summary:  
Without a single boyfriend in sixteen years, Natsume has zero relationship experience … and it’s all thanks to her super overprotective neighbor—high school teacher, Mikami-sensei!! Whether at home or at school, Natsume is always being manipulated by his strangely overbearing affections. But while it may have seemed like sibling love at first, their relationship soon takes an unexpected turn … !

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Name: Defying Kurosaki-kun 
Mangaka: Makino

Volumes: 12 (Ongoing)
Licensed: Kodansha
Current Licensed Volumes: Ch.06
Type: Manga
Genre: Romance, Drama
Age Group: Mature

Summary
“I demand absolute obedience.” Yu Akabane has worked hard to reinvent herself for high school, and there’s only one step left in her plan to leave her plain Jane days behind: asking out her idol, the “White Prince” Shirakawa-kun. When circumstances lead to Yu moving into the school dorm where Shirakawa-kun boards, she thinks she’s found her lucky break. But unluckily for Yu, “Black Devil” Kurosaki-kun, the boy everyone at school (including the teachers!) is afraid of, lives there too—and when Yu defies him, he’s all too eager to punish her …

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Name: Anonymous Noise (Fukumenkei Noise)
MangakaFukuyama, RyoukoVolumes: 16 (Ongoing)
Licensed: Shojob Beat (Viz)
Current Licensed Volumes: 9
Type: Manga
Genre: Romance, Drama
Age Group: Teen
Summary: Nino is a girl who harbors feelings towards her friend, Momo. Just when she can no longer suppress her feelings, she encounters a boy who composes music…,” and “What is the promise Nino made to a boy she met who composes music?”–Manga Updates